“The ball is in Govt of India’s court”: ULFA (I) chief Paresh Baruah on peace talks
Guwahati: Immediately after Ulfa (Independent) released Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) employee Ritul Saikia, the outfit’s supremo Paresh Baruah said that now it’s the Central government’s turn to show the way.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday appealed before the outfit to release Saikia and to pave the way for a peaceful solution of the armed movement.
Speaking to media over the telephone from an undisclosed location, Baruah said, “The ball is in the India government’s court. We have released Saikia and now it’s the government of India’s decision how to react. If they (Centre) wants to pave a way for a solution to the 41-year-old armed movement, they should come forward.”
Earlier, CM Sarma said that Ulfa (I)’s demands of job reservation for local youths in the oil and energy sectors operating in the state and safeguarding the indigenous people’s rights over natural resources can be resolved through peaceful dialogue.
Sarma said that the state government will do the needful to convince the oil companies.
“We have never rejected discussion but it should be to recognize the history of Assam and the rights of its people. We are hoping that the newly appointed chief minister can convince Delhi,” the outfit chief said.
The outfit supremo had said that he has seen a ray of hope after Sarma welcomed the outfit’s decision of a temporary ceasefire and acknowledged the outfit’s demands of saving the rights of indigenous people of the state.